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Rachel A. D’Agostino is Curator of Printed Books at the Library Company. She has worked most extensively with early American imprints, children’s literature, American bindings, and sheet music. In addition to the study of American visual culture, her research interests include religious history, science and medicine, and bibliography.

David W. Houpt is a PhD candidate at the City University of New York’s Graduate Center. His work focuses on elections, political mobilization, and the development of parties in early national Pennsylvania.

Alison M. K. Klaum is a PhD candidate in English at the University of Delaware where she is completing her dissertation on early American literature and print culture. Her research explores the influence of floral discourses on the development of artistic and botanical education in America. Her interests include the history of the book, material culture, and visual culture studies, and she has held fellowships at the American Antiquarian Society, the Library Company of Philadelphia, and Winterthur Museum, Gardens and Library.

Erika Piola is Associate Curator of the Prints and Photographs Department at the Library Company. She has authored works about the Library Company’s Afro-Americana graphics collection, nineteenth-century photographic views of Center City, ephemera, and prominent early Philadelphia photographers. Her research interests also include nineteenth-century commercial lithography and stereographs portraying the “New Woman.”

Aaron Wunsch is a lecturer in the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate Program in Historic Preservation. His doctoral thesis (UC Berkeley, 2009) dealt with the rise of “rural” cemeteries in the Philadelphia area and he recently served as guest curator for an exhibition on Laurel Hill Cemetery at the Library Company of Philadelphia. [End Page 324]



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